Sunday, December 6, 2015

Power Your Team!

Is your team running at full power?

You mostly know what it feels like when things are going well. But how do you measure this - are things really as good as they seem, or is there room for improvement with your team? Based on a comprehensive data set of interviews with over 15,000 leaders, it's now possible to show what every leader can do immediately to improve their team's performance. The results might surprise you!

It starts with asking yourself and your team the question, "are we running at full power?" What were the times in your career when things just clicked and what were the times when things felt clunky and hard?

The research undertaken by Geoff Smart, Randy Street and Alan Foster (2015) found just three distinct groupings of strengths and competencies. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do we have the right priorities?
  • Are they connected to the mission in a compelling way?
  • Are they correct and likely to produce the right results?
  • Are they clear so that everybody understands the critical few?

  • Do we have the right "who"?
  • What's the bench-strength of the people on our team - how many "A-players" (people who can achieve the priorities in the right way) do we have? 
  • Have team members been "diagnosed" with a clear plan to address gaps?
  • Have we deployed the right people in the right jobs?
  • Do we have a recruitment process in place to select A-players to the team?
  • Do we ensure the team can play to their strengths while building new skills for the future?
  • Do we have the right relationships?
  • Are we coordinated - do the right people talk to one another at the right times, share key information, and review metrics?
  • Are we committed - does the team buy in to the mission, trust the leader, and supports one another on the journey?
  • Are we sufficiently challenged - is each member of the team highly motivated and so they push each other to be their best selves, giving one another feedback, and practicing mutual accountability?

Give your team a rating from 1 (low) to 10 (high) for each of these three dimensions, then multiply your three numbers together to get your team's Power Score.

P x W x R = Power Score!

Your PWR Score helps you understand what you need to do. It's like your weight. If you don't like it, you can exercise or go on a diet, or maybe both. In the case of your PWR Score, you want to improve your number to 729 or better.

Because 729 means you have rated each of your P, W, and R at a 9. That's where you want to be with your team, and it means things are going well in every dimension.

What do you need to focus on to get your team up to full power?